NASF’s committee structure enables state foresters to serve as subject-matter experts and influence national policies and partnerships. Learn more about the association’s five foundational committees below:
Wildland Fire Committee
Chair: Jim Karels, Florida
Oversees implementation of Cooperative Fire Programs and develops new policies and tools to allow for more effective and safe fire suppression and management. Email the NASF Wildland Fire Committee.
Forest Markets Committee
Chair: Scott Bissette, North CaRolina
Seeks to maintain and expand markets for the broad array of forest products, including traditional wood products, bioenergy, and ecosystem services. Email the NASF Forest Markets Committee.
Forest Resources Management Committee
Chair: Joe Fox, Arkansas
Addresses issues related to private and public forest lands management, including landowner assistance programs, taxes, water resources, and related federal programs and legislation. Email the NASF Forest Resources Management Committee.
Forest Science and Health Committee
Chair: Chris Martin, Connecticut
Addresses issues concerning forest health and forest sustainability, including invasive species, forest inventory and monitoring, and forest research. Email the NASF Forest Science and Health Committee.
Urban and Community Forestry Committee
Chair: John Erixson, Nebraska
Works with organizations that represent community-based tree planting and care and seeks opportunities to leverage national programs to maximize local results. Email the NASF Urban and Community Forestry committee.
liaison: Chris Maisch, Alaska
Promotes healthy, sustainable forests across America by delivering NASF’s messages to its members and partners, as well as the public, federal policy makers, the White House, and Congress. Email the NASF communications director.
liaison: Bill Crapser, Wyoming
Provides guidance to the Executive Committee on setting legislative priorities and strategies for the association. Email the NASF policy director.